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Neil Armstrong: 5 Things You Might Not Know About the First Moonwalker
Posted By Patrick Kiger On August 25, 2012 @ 5:54 pm In Legacy | Comments Disabled
If you were around on July 20, 1969, you probably spent that evening as an estimated 500 million others around the world did, eyes glued to our TV screens as we watched astronaut Neil Armstrong  climb down from the Apollo 11 lunar module and take the first steps by a human on the surface of the Moon.
And decades later, the words we heard Armstrong utter at that history-making moment – “It’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind” – still probably send chills down your spine.
Even so, it’s odd to think that although we all remember Armstrong, who died today at age 82  in Ohio, we never really knew much about the man who embodied our collective dream of visiting the cosmos. The astronaut seemed to have little interest in his global notoriety, and for decades he fastidiously kept a low profile. After his historic feat, he worked briefly as a NASA administrator, quietly taught aeronautical engineering for a decade at the University of Cincinnati, and then worked for another decade as the chairman of a Virginia-based company that developed aviation software. His lone recent return to the spotlight was a 2010 appearance before Congress , when he protested cuts in the space program.
- Patrick J. Kiger
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 Neil Armstrong: http://www.nasa.gov/centers/glenn/about/bios/neilabio.html
 Image: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R9XBAxdKVRE
 died today at age 82: http://www.cnn.com/2012/08/25/us/neil-armstrong-obit/index.html?hpt=hp_t1
 2010 appearance before Congress: http://phys.org/news192947620.html
 authorized biography: http://books.google.com/books?id=ZMcnVkaIblAC&printsec=frontcover&dq=neil+armstrong+biography&source=bl&ots=4IfG2_hvg9&sig=4jnHqZgqqUQwNmQmg6ZQP6cWu38&hl=en&sa=X&ei=wDY5UNiMA-bY0QHB64GwCg&ved=0CC8Q6AEwAA#v=onepage&q=neil%20armstrong%20biography&f=false
 Associated Press account: http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=4tpaAAAAIBAJ&sjid=j2wDAAAAIBAJ&pg=5777,2594987&dq=neil-armstrong&hl=en
 analyzed the recording of Armstrong’s transmission: http://www.chron.com/news/nation-world/article/Hear-what-Neil-Armstrong-really-said-on-the-moon-1862496.php
 deist: http://www.deism.com/deistamerica.htm
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